Eazy-E Snapped On N.W.A’S “Straight Outta Compton”

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It’s unlikely that there are hip-hop fans in existence who aren’t familiar with–at least to some extent–Compton’s infamous rap group N.W.A. Boasting a lineup of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, the legendary crew played a major role in developing the gangsta rap genre, bringing it into the mainstream eye like never before. And while the group ultimately succumbed to infighting and disbanded on a volatile note, what they accomplished during their run should never be forgotten.

Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Eazy-E’s death, and as such we’ve chosen to highlight one of his most memorable verses. Though he wasn’t one to pen his own rhymes, Eric Wright brought character in abundance, his instantly-recognizable voice the centerpiece of tracks like “Boyz-N-The-Hood.” His presence injected “Straight Outta Compton” with defiant energy, his violent threats befitting of NWA’s most dangerous group moniker. “Ruthless, never seen, like a shadow in the dark, except when I unload,” he raps with a sneering cadence. “You see a spark and jump over hesitation, and hear the scream of the one who got the lead penetration.”

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Though he’s no longer here, Eazy’s impact remains stronger than ever. Who knows what might have changed had he not linked up with Dr. Dre all those years ago? A hustler to the core, take a moment to show some love to one of rap’s mightiest lost ones. Rest in peace, Easy E.

QUOTABLE LYRICS

Ruthless, never seen, like a shadow in the dark
Except when I unload
You see a spark and jump over hesitation
And hear the scream of the one who got the lead penetration